, Newburyport, MA

Local News

April 27, 2013

From woods to water and everywhere in between

Argo proves useful in emergency situations


“It has absolutely proved indispensable for any beach response,” Lucey said.

Even without leaving its garage, the new Argo has proved invaluable to the town as it helped cement the police department’s recent acceptance into the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. NEMLEC is a 54-member consortium of law enforcement agencies which pool its resources to tackle major operations. Membership means Newbury will have access to a wide range of equipment and personnel, including SWAT teams, school threat assessment squads, motorcycle programs and other assets.

While the new Argo features flashing blue lights and could be mistaken for a police vehicle, the vehicle is under the control of the town’s Emergency Management Agency directed by police Chief Michael Reilly. Two police officers, a firefighter and an emergency management employee are the only four authorized to operate the vehicle.

However, the vehicle is easy enough for anyone to operate, as long as they stick to a paved parking lot, Lucey added.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Special Features